Miguel Cabrera and the 10 Worst DUI Moments in Sports History

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIFebruary 18, 2011

Miguel Cabrera and the 10 Worst DUI Moments in Sports History

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    CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 11: Infielder Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers takes the field before play against the Philadelphia Phillies March 11, 2010 at the Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Recently, Miguel Cabrera had his second run-in with the law involving a DUI.

    It appears as of late, DUI's among sports figures are on the rise. 

    It seems like every time we turn on the television, we learn another sports figure is having problems with controlling their drinking habits.  

    It occurs so frequently, most of us have become immune to hearing about another sports figure being arrested as we just shrug our shoulders.

    But why are there so many athletes having problems with the law?

    Is it because of their ignorance towards the law?

    Is it  they feel because of their social status, the same rules do not apply to them?

    Or is it because of the constant media coverage of our athletes which is why we hear about it so much as oppose to the past?

    Or it might be because the law enforcement is less likely to be lenient towards sports athletes because they know the rewards and money they can receive if they arrest a celebrity.

    Whatever the case may be, athletes, if they like it or not, are suppose to be role models.

    They are suppose to be examples to the younger generation and to even adults.

    When an athlete does an ignoramus act like a DUI, they lose every credibility of being a role model.

    They become an embarrassment and joke instead of epitome.

    The hero become the goat.

    These incidents will forever cast a dark cloud over their careers.

    Here are the ten worse  DUI moments in sports history. 

10. Miguel Cabrera

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers runs the bases after his first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Im
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    Whenever you throw the, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems," card out, you know you've made a fool of yourself.

    Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday night on a DUI charge after police found him sitting alone in his running vehicle, alongside of the road, while sipping on a bottle of scotch.

    He refused to to cooperate as he cursed with deputy authorities as it was reported they had to nudge him numerous times in his thigh with their knees to bring Cabrera down.  

    Cabrera had a recent drinking problems back in 2009.  Afterward he promised his teammates he would never touch alcohol again. 

09. J.J. Redick

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 18:  J.J. Redick #7 of the Orlando Magic lies on the court in pain against the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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    Less than a month before the NBA draft, J.J. Redick was arrested for a DUI.

    Redick was pulled over after making an illegal U-turn to avoid a highway police DUI checkpoint.

    The cops chased him for several minutes until he eventually pulled over.

    Redick registered a blood-alcohol level of .11. 

08. George Best

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    PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Ex-football player George Best watches the game during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on February 11, 2004 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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    Best suffered from alcoholism for most of his life and it would eventually lead to his death.

    In 1981, Best stole money from a handbag of a woman he didn't know to help fund his drinking obsession.

    In 1984, Best received a three-month prison sentence for drunk driving.  During that incident,  he assaulted a police officer.

    On February of 2004, Best was convicted of another DUI and he was barred from driving for twenty months.

07. Tonya Harding

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 12:  Tonya Harding talks to the media after a boxing exhibition during the second period intermission at the Colorado Eagles versus Indianapolis Ice hockey game at the Pepsi Coliseum on March 12, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Ph
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    The skating champion has been notorious for being in the news for numerous run-ins with the law.

    Her most embarrassing incident happened in 2002 where she was busted for DUI after running her car into a ditch.

    Police describe Harding having a "strong odor of intoxicants coming from her breath, " and the sobriety test recorded a .16 blood-alcohol level, which was twice the state limit of .08.  

    The Country Sheriff describes Harding's poor attempt to recite the alphabet as pathetic.   

06. Kyle Long

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12:  FOX NFL Sunday analysts Michael Strahan and Howie Long share a laugh with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient Markell during a break on the set of FOX NFL Sunday on December 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, United States.
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    Those of us who watch Sunday afternoon football on FOX, we all know the agony it is to sit through a Howie Long analyst of each game.

    I know every time I hear Howie speak, it makes me want to pour down some more Bud.

    Maybe that's what drove his son to the edge.

    Kyle Long was arrested in 2009  after University of Virginia police say they saw him driving the wrong side of the road.  

    Long blew a .10 breath test.

05. Charles Barkley

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    LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  NBA analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley watches an undercard fight at the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller
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    In December of 2008, Barkley was pulled over when he ran through a stop sign driving drunk.

    According to reports, Barkley told the police he was in a hurry to receive oral sex from a female passenger.  

    The officer who wrote the report said, " He told me that he ran the stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up the girl I saw get in the passenger seat. He asked me to admit that she was ‘hot.’ He asked me, ‘You want the truth?’ When I told him I did he said, ‘I was gonna drive around the corner and get a b–w job. He then explained that she had given him a ‘b–w job’ one week earlier and said it was the best one he had ever had in his life."

04. Tony LaRussa

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    Just watch the video.

    I cringed while I watched it.

    It's absolutely hard to watch a man as prestigious as LaRussa to make such a terrible mistake.

03. Leonard Little

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 13: Leonard Litte #91 of the St. Louis Rams looks on from the bench late in the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 47-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/G
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    Little had been celebrating his 24th birthday with teammates at a bar.

    After heavy drinking at the party, Little  decided he could drive.

    He was barely one hundred awards away from the bar when he crashed into and killed another motorist.

    His blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent. Little received 60 days and 1000 hours of community service.

    Unfortunately, six years later, after the involuntary manslaughter conviction was wiped from his record, Little was again arrested for drunk driving.

02. Donte Stallworth

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    CLEVELAND - 2008:  Donte' Stallworth of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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    Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter back in 2009.

    Stallworth was driving drunk when he killed a pedestrian who was walking across the street.  

    Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126 during the crash.  He was also driving 50 mph in a 40 mph zone.  

    Stallworth ended up just serving thirty days in prison and he paid an undisclosed settlement to the victims family.   

    Stallworth driver's license is suspended for life and the court ordered him to pay $10,000 in fines.  He is to perform 1,000 hours of community service as well as serving two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation.

01. Jim Leyritz

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    On December 28, 2007, Leyritz was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide.

    Leyritz was behind the wheel when his vehicle struck Fredia Ann Veitch's car.  The impact of the crash caused her car to roll over.

    She was ejected from the car and she later died on her way to the hospital.

    She was a mother of two children.

    Police said she was returning home from her bartending job to support her family.

    Prosecutors argued,  "Leyritz had enough time to stop before a fatal 2007 car crash but was too drunk to react to a traffic light and should be convicted of DUI manslaughter."

    Records showed Leyritz took ten to eleven shots of liquor before he got behind the wheel.

    Justice did not prevail as Leyritz was acquitted of manslaughter and he was sentenced to a year of probation.